Next step in the new year is to lobby the new Mayor and Council to follow through on their commitments to gender intersectional actions to create a Women Friendly City. Women Transforming Cities ensured the election of a feminist Mayor and eight of the ten Councillors are women. They and their parties all committed to the Hot Pink Paper Campaign to make Vancouver a women friendly city.
The Hot Pink Paper 2018 put forward a campaign of eleven key issues to make Vancouver a women friendly city. We stated that women and girls work for cities but cities don’t work for women and girls. On each issue starting with the city using a gender intersectional lens on policy, programme, budgets, funding, staffing and governance, we asked Mayoral Candidates and political parties to state their commitment to the issue and the actions. We hosted a Hot Pink Pathways to a Women Friendly Vancouver Forum as well as a forum in Surrey with cross party speakers and issue focused workshops lead by experts from the women’s movement. We also held many neighbourhood cafes to choose and develop key issues listening to local women.